Game 23 at NYK: For Tonight, “Road Woes” is Spelled L-I-N
Ahem. I take it the entire team did not take my sagacious advice and get mandatory magic laser therapy like I suggested after the last game.
It should’ve been an even match. They were missing their two top scorers, and so were we. The difference was, they missed theirs due to death in family and injury, respectively, while ours were just plain missing.
The first half of “basketball” was so ugly and contained so much fail that it necessitated the quotation marks around “basketball.” The Jazz looked abysmal to start the game. After Melo left the game for good (with a strained groin), his team as usual played better and we played even worse. The Jazz were down 13 at halftime, despite having a 10-3 FTA advantage.
The ref refused to wait two seconds for Raja to finish tying his shoe, and Raja had to foul to stop the clock before he could get his shoe on.
Paul Millsap was a beast on the boards but couldn’t get anything going and Big Al needed 20 shots to score his 22 points. Gordon Hayward and Raja Bell, in my opinion, were the only ones to keep fighting on a night when our bench did its best Lakers bench impression and anti-delivered a total of 19 points on 7-22 shooting and 5 assists against 10 TOs.
In short, the Jazz were completely dominated by Jeremy Lin, who racked up 28 and 8 (8 TOs) in 46 minutes. He had more assists than the entire Jazz team at halftime. Oh well, at least he’s not dominating for Mark Jackass in Golden State.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Somehow the thought of a Harvard-Stanford backcourt (Lin and Landry Fields) in the NBA is hilarious to me.
** Suspended 7 games (yelling, poking a finger):
Suspended 1 game (yelling, air punch, inappropriate pelvic bump):
Former Jazz assistant Kenny Natt (in the Jerry one) and Mike Brown were so separated at birth.
** Need a pick-me-up? Here’s a video of the Jazz Rookies vs. Sophs Gaming Tournament courtesy of the awesome @da_breezman:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Boler: Devin penetrates, puts it up, and in!
** Harpring: Carmelo’s going to have to come out. He can’t move.
** Harpring: Now you see Carmelo go down.
** Harpring: They get their hands on a lot of balls. (H/T @theutahjazzblog)
** Harpring: And that’s how you finish! (H/T @_alexisholt)
** Harpring: Raja is angry with himself he didn’t finish that.
** Boler/Harpring: Harris diving for balls, which is awesome. (H/T @prodigal_punk via @andyblarsen)
** Harpring: He’s got a “groan” injury. (H/T @SurlyMae)
** Harpring: Raja’s wide open, he likes that spot.
** Boler: There is a little Houdini inside Jeremy Lin.
** Harpring: Millsap showing off his ball-handling skills. He goes coast to coast.
** Ty Corbin on the Knicks: They stuck it to us.
** Mike D’Antoni on Jeremy Lin: I’m riding him like freakin’ Secretariat.